Do you have unwanted prescription drugs in your medicine cabinet?
The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office and Gillette Police Department will take and later dispose of those drugs during the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Sept. 29.
The local event, to rid homes of dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Public Health Parking lot, 2301 S. 4J Road in Gillette.
Representatives of the sheriff’s office and police department will be on hand to collect the drugs in a secure container that will be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for disposal.
There is no cost to the service and officers will accept prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, patches and creams and pet medications. But they can’t accept chemotherapy medications.
A year ago, in a similar event, local residents turned more than 100 pounds of unwanted medications, said Bob Melvin of the sheriff’s office. Nationally, the DEA collected 552,000 pounds — or 276 tons — of unused medications at 5,600 different sites.
In a brief collection earlier this year in Gillette, Melvin said that about 57 pounds were turned in. He expects the day-long drive on Sept. 29 to collect even more.
“It’s been really successful,” he said.
In fact, it’s been so successful that some officials are looking into possibly setting up a permanent drop-off site in the police department’s lobby in the future.
For details, call the sheriff’s office at 687-6160.